I've been away for a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Since I finished BW Future, I've been working my butt off on Planet Ripple Volume 4, and it's going well. I don't have much left to do, so I'm taking a break for other things. First things first, finish the commissions a few people have very patiently waited for. Just uploaded one today, will upload more tomorrow, and so on.
I'm not going to lie, going off the grid for months at a time is just... something that's going to happen at least once every year. If I continued to upload pages of PR for free, it would be different, but as things stand I just can't SHOW you much of what I've been working on, aside from a few preview pages. When it comes time to work on volume 5 sometime next year, I may tune out again to focus on that. Part of why I threw myself into this was cause working on volume 3 last November really put a strain on my health, and I didn't want to repeat that, so I made good time while I still felt pretty good. I just didn't want to go through what I did last year again.
But I can tell you, I'm never going to make anyone wait this long for a commission again. Those who have been waiting, expect yours to turn up in the coming days. I am not going to work on ANYTHING ELSE before these.
While I'm at it, I'm open for other commissions. But it's not for what you might think. I've been quiet about this, but... I may've found someone willing to compose a Planet Ripple-inspired soundtrack. Not a play by play like in a movie, just something to capture the spirit of it, the mood of it, like David Arkenstone's Middle-Earth inspired albums. This guy's done work on a few projects no doubt some of you are familiar with (though I won't say what yet), he's reading Planet Ripple when he has the time, he shares my taste in music and understands pretty well what I'm going for, and he sounds sincerely interested. Nothing's quite set in stone, but I'm optimistic. I have a good feeling about this. I plan to make accompanying pieces of art for each tune, showing key moments from the series in greater detail than ever before. But of course, I can't expect him to do this for free. He'll do it for much cheaper than most musical artists I've been able to reach, and I can definitely pay for it out of my own pocket... eventually. We wouldn't release a whole OST at once, just drip feed each song one at a time as they're made over the course of a year or two, I suppose. But I WILL be able to afford this much sooner with a little help from anyone who's interested. If you support this, if you'd like to hear some professionally-made Planet Ripple music to go along with the story, any commissions (or even donations) for this cause would be greatly appreciated. Again, it's not like I can't pay for this myself eventually, but it will take much longer. So to anyone who wants this to happen, every bit helps.